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Ultimate Guide to Wood Floor Oiling

Posted on June 13, 2023


The Comprehensive Guide to Oiling Your Wood Floor

Hardwood floors are a timeless addition to any home, but they require proper maintenance to preserve their beauty and durability. One effective method of caring for your wood floors is oiling. This not only enhances the natural beauty of the wood but also offers protection against damage. This guide will take you through the process of wood floor oiling, and by the end, you’ll have the knowledge to undertake this task with confidence.

Understanding the Importance of Wood Floor Oiling

Wood floor oiling plays a vital role in the maintenance of your hardwood floor. Here are some reasons why:
  1. Enhanced Natural Beauty: Oil penetrates the wood and accentuates its natural grain and colour.
  2. Added Protection: It protects the wood from damage due to daily wear, spills, and scratches.
  3. Restoration: Oiling helps to restore the look of tired, worn-out hardwood floors.
  4. Easy Maintenance: An oiled floor is easier to clean and maintain compared to untreated wood.

Choosing the Right Oil for Your Wood Floor

The first step in the process is selecting the right oil. Consider factors like your floor’s wood type, the desired finish, and your lifestyle.
  1. Tung Oil: Tung oil is a natural product that provides a warm, rich finish. It’s durable and water-resistant, making it suitable for areas with high foot traffic.
  2. Linseed Oil: This is another natural oil that penetrates deeply into the wood, providing long-lasting protection. However, it takes longer to dry compared to other oils.
  3. Danish Oil: Danish oil is a mixture of tung oil, linseed oil, and varnish. It dries quicker and provides a low-sheen finish.

Gathering necessary supplies

Before you start, gather all the necessary supplies. You’ll need:
  • The chosen oil
  • A vacuum cleaner or broom
  • A mop
  • Clean, lint-free cloths or rags
  • A paintbrush or roller
  • Sandpaper (if the floor needs sanding)

Preparing Your Wood Floor for Oiling


Start by thoroughly cleaning your floor. Remove dust and debris using a vacuum cleaner or broom. Afterward, mop the floor using a mild detergent. Make sure the floor is completely dry before proceeding.


If your floor was previously treated and needs refreshing, or if it has scratches, consider sanding your floor. This helps to open up the wood pores and remove any old finish, allowing the oil to penetrate better.

The Wood Floor Oiling Process

Applying the oil

Stir the oil well before applying to ensure the ingredients are well mixed. Apply the oil evenly using a brush or roller, working in the direction of the wood grain. Apply the oil liberally, ensuring it soaks into the wood.

Letting it soak

Allow the oil to soak into the wood. This process can take between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the oil type and wood species.

Removing excess oil

After the oil has sufficiently soaked into the wood, use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe off any excess oil. This step is essential because any oil that hasn’t penetrated the wood can become sticky and create an uneven finish.

Additional Coats

Depending on the type of oil and the condition of your floor, additional coats may be necessary. Always wait until the previous coat is dry before applying the next one.

Aftercare for oiled wood floors

After oiling your wood floor, it’s essential to follow the correct aftercare procedures to maintain its beauty and durability.
  • Drying Time: Allow the floor to dry completely before walking on it. This typically takes 24-48 hours.
  • Cleaning: Clean the floor using products recommended for oiled wood floors. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the oil finish.
  • Re-oiling: Depending on the traffic and wear, your floor may need re-oiling every 2–3 years.


Wood floor oiling is a practical way to enhance the natural beauty of your wood floors and offer them protection against wear and tear. By choosing the right oil, properly preparing your floor, and following the correct oiling and aftercare procedures, you can keep your hardwood floors in pristine condition for many years. So, roll up your sleeves, and let’s bring out the best in your hardwood floors!

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